In the US, tax revenue as a percentage of GDP has been almost exactly 17.7% of GDP since the end of World War II.
It hasn’t mattered how much they’ve raised tax rates; when tax rates go up, overall tax revenue, i.e. the government’s slice of the GDP pie, stays about the same.
For years they’ve been bleeding cash.
Yet rather than say “How can we support abundance? How can we help set the right conditions to make the PIE bigger,” they punish and intimidate everyone.
The Land of the Free is one of the only supposedly civilized nations in the world where you can be criminally convicted and thrown in jail over tax discrepancies.
Thousands of miles away, Estonia is one of the few countries that gets it.